The Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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The Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court promotes skill improvement, professionalism and legal ethics. It does so primarily through collegial discourse and mentoring during monthly meetings at which "Pupillage Groups" are central. The Pupillage Groups employ skits intended to provoke thought and discussion on topics of interest to the profession.

Members of each Pupillage Group teach by role-playing, conveying valuable information on identified topics by simulating scenarios for situations and issues that arise in the practice of intellectual property (IP) law. Our meetings encourage broad participation by group members and audience members. By taking advantage of the vast and varied experiences of attendees, we all benefit.

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Originally one of only a handful of Inns to specialize in the field of IP law, the Benjamin Franklin Inn was chartered in 1995. Our Inn has grown into a strong organization that is a major exchange of intellectual property knowledge, and became a founding participant in the Linn Inn Alliance of IP Inns.

The Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court holds its meetings at various locations in the City of Philadelphia. In keeping with the collegial practice of the British Inns, a "host" organization provides food (hors d'oeuvres) and drink (wine, beer, and soft drinks) to foster social exchange following the formal presentation portion of the meeting. Pennsylvania CLE credit will be available. 

Connect with us on our LinkedIn group and our Facebook group, which are open to members and prospective members.

To be sure of receiving our application and meeting notices via email, or for more information, please e-mail us. 

You may sign up to participate in a pupilage group at the following link:


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2021-2022 Meetings

Sept. 9th   – Organizational Meeting; Update on Patent Licensing, Mark Rachlin (1.0 CLE).

Oct. 14th   – Developments in Inventorship Jurisprudence (1.0 CLE).

Nov. 18th – Trademark Prosecution changes under the Trademark Modernization Act (1.0 CLE).

Jan. 20th   – Trademark Litigation changes under the Trademark Modernization Act (1.0 CLE).

Feb. 17th – Developments in 35 U.S.C. 112 written description jurisprudence as applied to

                    human therapeutics (1.0 CLE).

Mar. 24th – Moot Court and Judges’ Meeting (1.0 CLE).

Apr. 21st   – Patent and Trademark Transactions – Common Issues (1.0 CLE).

May (exact date TBD) – Social Meeting and Inn year closeout (no CLE).

All meetings at 6:00 PM ET

Overall Theme: Olympics

September, October, and November 2021 meetings are virtual only.  The Board will reassess the coronavirus situation and update the Inn membership later this fall on the format of the calendar year 2022 meetings.

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